Large sliding glass doors lead out to a gravel sitting area with outdoor wood furniture. White cushions complement the home's exterior white siding, and green shrubbery provides color and privacy for the outdoor space.
Glass doors lead into the light, lovely master bathroom. The airy mood is continued via a floating vanity and freestanding white soaking tub. A large houseplant in the corner bring nature into the scene.
A sliding glass door connects the deck area to the living room. “It’s really an extension of the living room,” explains HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum. “It adds to the sense of space in the whole downstairs.”
Sliding glass doors open to the backyard, creating a seamless transition from the living room to the pool area. During the day, a large overhang provides shade from the sun, but at night, it helps illuminates the water.
Use beadboard to line a cabinet with glass doors or even open shelving to create instant, old-fashioned appeal, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The book features this 18th century farmhouse kitchen in Alabama.
This serene bedroom features Douglas fir paneling on the walls and ceiling, in addition to recessed lighting and gray concrete floors. Neutral bed linens add a soft look to the space, while a decorative sliding glass door allows the room to feel open.
A wood platform bed serves as the focal point of this tranquil Asian-style bedroom. A silver planter with large bamboo stalks and a gold Buddha statue flank the windows with floor-length neutral drapes and mounted pendant lamps. A frosted glass door and neutral bench complete the room.
Folding glass doors are ideal for opening an interior space to an outdoor living area — creating flow between a living room and deck, for example. “A folding system allows the panels to neatly fold accordion-style and remain 90 degrees to the opening for a wide-open, unobstructed view,” say the pros at LaCantina Doors.
The type of door you choose depends in part on the size of the opening. Many manufacturers offer a range of options for larger and taller openings. For example, LaCantina’s Aluminum Wood System is a unique design innovation based on the same styling as a traditional wood-clad door and engineered for large openings requiring oversized door panels.
Moving glass wall systems can maximize your living space, opening interior rooms to decks and patios. But don’t forget to account for the floor or deck space taken up by folding doors themselves when in the open position. “Folding door units are always stacked perpendicular to the opening. The amount of space that the folding doors will take away from the opening is dependent on the number of panels, panel width, height and thickness,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
For a streamlined look, consider stacking doors, which slide along a track and stack one-beside-the-other at one end. When shopping, “look for glass walls that operate smoothly and effortlessly. Milgard Moving Glass Walls open and close easily because they are designed with tandem stainless steel ball bearing rollers that are strong enough to carry door panels nearly double the size,” advise the pros at Milgard.